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The Late King Hussein (left) and King Abdullah II (right).

Ecclesiastical 1:4 In 1920,

Lawrence of Arabia installed Feisal in Damascus in defiance of the Sykes-Picot agreement, and his brother Abdullah was considered for Iraq. But when Feisal was kicked out of Syria he became front-runner for Iraq, and Abdullah threatened to march on Syria! The French asked the British to restrain him, and he was stopped in his tracks at Amman. Land East of the River Jordan was wrested from the Palestine mandate to create Transjordan with Abdullah as its ruler. The Zionists protested, but had to acquiesce when Britain threatened to pull out of the Mandate.

Transjordan prospered with Zionist money for land purchased from Palestinians who invested it across the Jordan, and its population grew with the refugees that fled Palestine in 1948, at the urging of Arab governments who promised to bring them back in triumph when Israel was defeated.Abdullah was a wise and far-sighted king, who sought to reach an understanding with Israel, but was frustrated in his endeavours by Imperial interests and was assassinated by die-hard Arab nationalists in front of his grandson Hussein, who later in 1952 became King of Jordan at the age of 17.Hussein followed the wise policies of his grandfather and during his record 46 years on the throne survived rebellions and many attempts on his life. When he died on 2 February, he left a prosperous and influential country. His funeral was attended by fifty of the high and mighty rulers of the world. It used to be said: No war without Egypt; No peace without Syria. It was also said that which ever Arab country was the first to make peace with Israel, Lebanon would be the second. In fact, Jordan was the second to make peace and Lebanon has become the main source of trouble for the Jewish State.

In the last week of his life, Hussein came briefly to Amman to remove his brother Hassan from the succession and in his wisdom appointed his son Abdullah as Crown Prince. King Abdullah II, half-Arab, half-English, appears to have the necessary qualifications for leadership, while his uncle Hassan is spoken of as the future King of Iraq, once Saddam is got rid of. When Hussein's young cousin Feisal was killed in the revolution of July 1958, the throne of Iraq constitutionally reverted to Hussein, as Iraq and Jordan constituted the United Hashemite Kingdom. So, the throne of Iraq was not alien to the Hashemite Royal Family.

When I met King Hussein at a Dinner at the Guildhall in 1997, I reminded him of this.

A Hashemite Kingdom in Iraq and Jordan closely tied with Israel and the autonomous Palestinian terrortries, allied with Turkey would constitute a mighty nucleus for a Middle East Federation that would bring peace, stability and prosperity to the whole region. It represents the greater homeland of the Jewish people and presents an opportunity to solve the long-standing problems of the Kurds. A modern capital could then be built somewhere on the Euphrates, near Mari of old, where Abraham, father of the Middle East, once lived. What better name could such a capital have than that of Abraham?

The Arab is our brother, we have no other!



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